Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

"For the uninvited, there is much to fear."

This film is based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe and stars Vincent Price.  I invite you to read the story before you watch this film.  The scenery and costumes are beautiful, and the entire film has the air of foreboding found in Poe's tale. A truly magnificent piece.

There is no one else who could have played the evil Prince Prospero than Vincent Price.  He saw the old lady with the Red Death in the village and promises safety in his castle.  But truthfully, he is the one who brings the death to the castle.  Edgar Allan Poe saw this firsthand when all his loved ones died one tuberculosis and then finally succumbed to the disease himself.  The story is not just one of a depraved man, but of facing one's mortality.

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